State inauguration day. Gridlock the new Washington norm. Hatch explains his fiscal cliff vote.
Happy Monday. It's Inauguration Day in Utah for Gov. Gary Herbert, Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, AG John Swallow and other executive officers. The ceremony in the state Capitol Rotunda starts at 11 a.m. (must be seated by 10:30) and it's open to the public, so drop on by. (You can join remotely via a live stream here.) A reception follows on the first floor.
-> One person who won't be at the inaugural events is new state Auditor John Dougall, who plans to take his oath of office this morning and dive right into work. He doesn't see the need for the fancy ceremony, he says, and it lines up with his "Frugal Dougall" campaign theme. [Trib]
Topping the news: Welcome to the new Congress, same as the old Congress, at least when it comes to gridlock and lack of compromise. [Trib]
-> Outgoing AG Mark Shurtleff reflects on his 12 years in office through the tokens and momentos he's racked up his time as the state's top prosecutor. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly chastizes Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee for voting against a bill to help victims of Superstorm Sandy, noting that Utah has seen plenty of federal help for disasters. [Trib]
Tweets of the day: From @jonathanweisman: "Maybe putting too fine a pt on it but is voting someone out of office in speaker roll call really a coup? I thought that was called democracy."
Happy birthday: To Karen Wiley.
Inauguration: Are you going to be in Washington for President Barack Obama's inauguration? We'd like to hear from you. Please email us.
Opinion section: Sen. Orrin Hatch explains his vote for the fiscal cliff deal, arguing that the bill wasn't perfect but it did protect most taxpayers. And Hatch vows to tackle spending in his final term. [Trib]
-> A Tooele paralegal says an outside, independent group should review Ogden Police's tactics. [Trib]
-> A Provo writer says Congress should face a cut back on benefits to help them live like regular Americans. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly decries the gerrymandering that has routed out all the moderate, get-er-done members of Congress. [Trib]
-> A school teacher says she believes in the 2nd Amendment but that she doesn't want to carry a gun to classes. [Trib]
-> Former Sen. Bob Bennett says it's past time when leadership emerges in Washington and ideological rigidity goes away. [DNews]
Weekend in review: State Sen. Aaron Osmond wants to get rid of the so-called boxcar bills, requiring lawmakers to note what the legislation is about and not keep it secret until the end of the session. [Trib]
-> Protestors who showed up to a gun show at the South Towne Expo Center were booed as they tried to talk about limiting assault rifles. [Trib]
-> The Salt Lake City Council will elect a new chair person this week who will help set the agenda for the city. [Trib]
-> Jon Huntsman talks to The New York Times about his experience running for the White House and how Michael Moore and Bill Clinton's comments didn't help. [NYTimes]
-> 14 people are applying to fill in as Taylorsville mayor, including the city's former chief, Janice Auger Rasmussen. [Trib]
-> Rep. Jason Chaffetz says there are still a ton of unanswered questions about the Benghazi attacks and he plans to find out what really happened. [DailyCaller]
Nationally: Congress has officially certified President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as winners of the Electoral College after the final count on Friday. [HuffPost]
-> Sen. Mike Crapo's drunk driving guilty plea could hurt him with some Mormon voters in Idaho. [WaPost]
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-- Thomas Burr
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